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David Leinweber, currently a professor at UC Berkeley's Hass School of Business gave an interesting talk in February 2008 which gave a great survey of the state of the how technology is being used in the financial industry:
So this is coming from financial professionals using the web to get a jump on news in order to profit. For how this all applies to our everyday life think about the flipping the problem on it's head. Here's a post I did a while back on the topic.
It's not information overload, it's filter failture: http://everwas.com/2008/09/information-overload-f...
You're right, I just got wrapped up in the excitement of everything last night. In terms of sheer numbers there are many more people following the World Cup!
Thanks for the pointer to Dark-Room. I use Notepad and turn off email, IM, twitter, and all the other random social bubbles that fight for my attention when I need to get down to writing. Ironically, it also helps to get out of the office and go to a noisy cafe as well.